US, heal thyself
Sir, – The news regarding Muslim unrest around the world
(“Muslim riots spread across Middle East, North Africa,” September 16) should
really frighten those of us who think it will all go away soon.
crisis involves a fundamental understanding of Muslim thinking, and it does not
portend well because Muslims truly hate Western civilization.
States has never understood this. It is not a question of religion alone, for it
is a religion of civilizations that makes the difference in thinking and
Washington cannot continue its policy of appeasement and
must reappraise things now before it is too late. The Democratic Party must
insist on a reform of the Obama administration’s foreign policy leading up to
America should be given every chance because it is
important for it to perpetuate its values for the good of the world. Otherwise,
we will enter the dark ages of civilization.
It is in the US’s interest
to shake up the State Department and intelligence community personnel who do not
understand what is happening. A prime example of their thinking is the murder of
the American ambassador to Libya, who did not understand the clash of values
between Western and Muslim thinking.TOBY WILLIG
– There are almost no words to describe the sense of shock I felt when I
happened across the small news item about our fine Israeli soldiers not being
able to walk through Mea She’arim while proudly wearing their uniforms
(“Soldiers shed uniforms in Mea She’arim,” News in Brief, September
Anybody who would dare throw stones or eggs, or in any way denigrate
a person wearing the uniform of the State of Israel should be hauled away and
reeducated about the meaning of honor. (The rest of what I have to say is
unprintable.) Are the haredim not able to control the extremists in their midst?
Until such time as sanity reigns there will be enmity and bad feelings among our
How very sad.DIANA SCHIOWITZ
Eugene Korn’s apology to Christianity (“The cost of hate,” Comment &
features, September 16) is testimony to the America-centered ignorance of the
world no less than to the American political establishment.
completely unaware of the active anti-Israel activity of Catholic authorities
and groups (e.g., Pax Christi) in Italy and elsewhere. Their activity in
community centers is actively breeding a strain of youth who hardly know what
Jews are into an Israel-lambasting mob.
He should learn about a
Christianity that in the third millennium is no less anti-Judaic than in the
first and second.ABRAMO FUCHS
Givat ShmuelDefeat the defeatists
Whether, as Habayit Hayehudi leadership candidate Zevulun Orlev asserts, Ayelet
Shaked said “the disengagement happened” because of him or, as she says, “Orlev
made the disengagement possible, not that he supported it,” is irrelevant
(“Shaked, Orlev feud could go to court,” Rosh Hashana supplement, September
Just as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tried to make capital out
of his leaving Ariel Sharon’s government over the Gush Katif expulsion, the fact
is that he did not leave until the expulsion was a done deal. Similarly, Orlev,
by the very fact that he did not leave the government, enabled it to go
The right wing in the Sharon government, just like today in
Netanyahu’s government, failed miserably to stop the continuing expulsions and
discrimination against Jews in our land. Orlev and all the rest who did not take
necessary actions must now do t’shuva
(penitence) and unite the religious
Zionist parties in one bloc to finally defeat the defeatists.EDITH
NetanyaButt out, Bibi
Sir, – Like so many Americans I am proud of my
government’s steadfast support of Israel. I want a strong, secure Israel and
have great admiration for the nation and its people.
However, I have been
alarmed and discouraged at the rhetoric and behavior of Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu (“I am not interfering in US presidential election, Netanyahu tells
‘Post,’” September 14). He has indeed inserted himself into our presidential
election. With his ultimatums and demands he is driving a wedge between Israel
and the US.
There are ways of undermining Iran’s nuclear ambitions that
don’t provoke another war.
Please remember that Americans are fatigued
and deeply skeptical following Iraq and Afghanistan.
We are struggling
through a recession and facing a staggering national debt, much of which was
caused by paying for the two aforementioned wars.
Netanyahu wants an
attack on Iran to prevent even the possibility of developing nuclear weapons?
Preemptive war to stop something that we only believe will happen, and don’t
know for sure? Where have Americans heard this before? Your prime minister’s
rhetoric comes across as an attempt to leverage the US into escalating
hostilities with Iran. It indicates that he is making a cynical attempt to take
advantage of the presidential campaign.
Put simply, many here resent his
behavior. It’s like being treated disrespectfully by a close friend that you
want to help and have always been there for in times of need. The Israeli people
deserve to know that he is causing serious damage to the friendship between our
Sir, – Until now, support
for Israel has been universally accepted by both major political parties of my
nation. It is clear that Binyamin Netanyahu is trying to interfere in our
political process. No free people could ever tolerate such interference from
either an ally or an enemy.
Your prime minister is doing irrevocable
damage to the longstanding friendship that has existed between our two nations.
For those who love Israel and understand the important role the US has played in
keeping it safe and free, it is imperative that they do all in their power to
reign in Netanyahu before his disastrous interference causes permanent
St. Augustine, Florida
Sir, – With 200+ deliverable
nukes, the best trained armed forces (both regular and reserve) in the world,
superior command and control, how can Israel be threatened by a second- or
Israel will be truly secure when it settles with the moderate
PLO government (thus undercutting Hamas and the hotheads). Why, even some
moderate Jews, Muslims and Christians will be able to live together in the West
Bank settlements (as Palestinian citizens).
I’m sure that after his
reelection, President Obama will facilitate this long-range solution.TED
OttawaUS Jews, listen up
Sir, – After many years of observing trends of
voting patterns, I have come to the conclusion that people in Western countries,
at least, and especially the US, do not vote according their best interests but,
as in sports, according to the “team” they support.
The danger, of
course, is that when an idea comes along, good or bad, the followers of the team
that proposes it will automatically support it and the followers of the opposing
team will automatically oppose it.
The leaders of Western democratic
countries should do their best for the general public, although they are
hampered by the partisan trait of “We are the champions.” Go tell this to the
American Jews.MICHAEL SCHNEIDER